The Ministry of Justice of Afghanistan and the United States Institute of Peace, together with its partners the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) convened a conference on the relationship between state and non-state justice systems in Afghanistan on December 10-14, 2006. The conference brought together actors from the informal system, civil society, and the aid community, including representatives from 20 of Afghanistan's provinces.

The conference consisted of a two-day preparatory workshop, a two-day conference, and a follow-up technical working group meeting. The conference had over 100 participants. Participants included non-state actors prominent in non-state dispute resolution practices from around Afghanistan, local level (provincial and sub-provincial) officials such as prosecutors and police, and officials from the courts and the Ministry of Justice. There were also numerous high-level Afghan government officials from the justice sector, including representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Ministry of the Interior. Parliamentary representatives from relevant committees also attended. Members of the international community--donors and implementers--who have an ongoing commitment to and interest in the sector also participated.

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Conference Papers:

Briefing Paper: Conference on the Relationship between State and Non-State Justice Systems in Afghanistan

The Clash of Two Goods: State and Non-State Dispute Resolution in Afghanistan

State and Non-State Justice in Yemen

Historical Relationship between State and Non-State Judicial Sectors in Afghanistan